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Museum Hours
Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
Cafe Hours
Fri-Mon: 10 AM—4:30 PM
Thurs: 1—7:30 PM
200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Chinese Figure Painting

Nov 27, 2020 – Sep 13, 2021
Starr Chinese Galleries

Did you know that we frequently change the works on view in our collection galleries? This spring, visit the Starr Chinese Galleries to see a selection of historical and modern Chinese figure paintings. 

In the Chinese painting gallery, a variety of compelling figures invite you into their worlds. Join them in urban landscapes and domestic settings or follow them on poetic journeys through mountains and rivers. From ancestor portraits to storytelling pictures, the historical and modern works on view show how artists have deployed human subjects for religious and commemorative functions, as votive icons for family rituals, as characters in narrative scenes, and as fashionable motifs for household decoration.


Included with general admission. Reserve your timed tickets today


Image: Playing a board game in a garden, by Zheng Jie (Chinese, active approx. 1750–1800). Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Ink and colors on paper. Gift of Joseph and Nancy Wang in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Hsin-Chung Wang, 1998.32.b. Photograph © Asian Art Museum.

Location: Gallery 18